Gary Borders

Gary Borders has been an East Texas journalist and editor for more than 30 years. During his career he worked as editor and publisher of newspapers in Longview, Lufkin, Nacogdoches and San Augustine. He began writing a column in 1982 and has written at least once weekly since without fail, though there are quite a few he would like to take back. The New York Times News Service distributed his column nationally from 1995 through 2009. His pieces have been published in the Detroit Free Press, Miami Herald, Austin American-Statesman, Palm Beach Post, Atlanta Journal-Constitution and âââââââââ

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7:36 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Gary Borders: Exercising electronic discipline could shorten a desk worker's day

There are myriad ways for workers to kill time when they're on the clock. But commentator Gary Borders contends if all electronic distractions were eliminated, a day in the cubicle could be shortened because the daily to-do list would be completed in well under eight hours. Any bosses on board? Anyone?

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7:36 am
Fri January 3, 2014

Gary Borders: It's time to make a toast to glasses

Commentator Gary Borders recalls the first time he saw the world in focus. A half century ago, he became a fixture in the four-eyes club and has long appreciated his bespectacled existence.

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7:36 am
Fri December 27, 2013

Gary Borders: Oh bother, it's time for a haircut

Commentator Gary Borders addresses an issue you can’t see on the radio. You’ll just have to take his word on the fact that he needs a haircut, which is entirely off-putting to an extrovert.

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8:24 am
Fri December 20, 2013

Gary Borders: Boxing great Jack Dempsey had oil wealth in East Texas

These weathered boxing gloves were passed down from Gary Borders' father.

Originally published on Fri December 20, 2013 10:16 am

Walk into the study of commentator Gary Borders and you'll see framed sports memorabilia showcasing an American cultural icon of the 1920s. Newspaper clippings of Heavyweight Boxing Champion Jack Dempsey remind Borders of his dad and Dempsey's ties to East Texas.

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7:39 am
Fri December 13, 2013

Gary Borders: A tribute to Harris K. Teel

A recent portrait of Harris K. Teel, affectionately called Papa Teel by his family, clad in his overalls.

Commentator Gary Borders pens a tribute to his late father-in-law Harris K. Teel, who was gravely wounded following a stabbing attack at Good Shepherd Medical Center in Longview on Nov. 26.

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9:28 am
Fri December 6, 2013

Gary Borders: Newspaper dreams plague me

Commentator Gary Borders is growing weary of a recurring dream of a newsroom gone awry. He hopes that his brain will move on to a new storyline that will provide for more restful or entertaining slumbers.


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7:37 am
Fri November 29, 2013

Gary Borders: Hunting bucks isn't my forte

Commentator Gary Borders makes a feeble attempt at hunting. But when it comes to nature photography, he'll happily shoot deer from behind the lens.

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7:36 am
Fri November 22, 2013

Gary Borders: Where were you when JFK was shot?

Like many baby boomers, commentator Gary Borders can vividly recall the moment he learned that President John F. Kennedy had been assassinated. He adds his recollection through the eyes of a third grader in Allenstown, New Hampshire.


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7:39 am
Fri November 15, 2013

Gary Borders: A steam whistle is a piece of Americana

When commentator Gary Borders received a K-4 whistle in the mail, he didn't know what to make of it? He explores the history of this polished brass whistle -- that still works!


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7:47 am
Fri November 1, 2013

Gary Borders: On teaching press box journalism

For the first time in more than two decades, Commentator Gary Borders covered a football game. But he wasn't filing a story on deadline. He was showing his journalism students how to function in the press box, minus the whiskey shots downed by the sportswriters of yesteryear.


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